Step 1: Making a Motion
To make a motion, you need to seek recognition from the chair, which you typically do by raising your hand. After the chair recognizes you, you are free to make your motion. Although a lot of people say “I make a motion to …,” it’s far simpler to use three short words: “I move that ….”
Make sure that the motion states exactly what you want the organization to believe or do. The following two motions might seem similar, but they aren’t:
◆ “I move that we form a committee to investigate the purchase of a computer.”
◆ “I move that we form a committee to purchase a computer.”
Only three words are different, but it makes a big difference. The committee in the first motion is only authorized to investigate whether ...